RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The French island of Guadeloupe will become the next French overseas territory – after Martinique and La Réunion – to carry out a partial lockdown due to the increase of Covid-19 cases and the “catastrophic” situation thus created
Last week, 3,100 new infections were recorded on the island of 395,700 inhabitants, three times more than the previous week and ten times recorded two weeks ago. The director-general of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Guadeloupe, Valeria Denux, told local media on Tuesday that the situation is “catastrophic” as “we have exceeded 3,000 cases per week”.
She also revealed that of the 22 patients in Intensive Care, none are vaccinated.
The number of Covid-19 positive cases on the island is 21,125, and the number of deaths is 283.
Although businesses will remain open from Wednesday and for at least three weeks, some restaurants will be open only until noon. In addition, bars, stadiums, gyms, and swimming pools will be closed to the public.
It will be forbidden, unless justified, to travel within 10 kilometers of the usual place of residence. In addition, a curfew will be in effect between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
In Guadeloupe, 27.7 percent of the population is vaccinated with at least one dose, in Martinique, 16.14 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and in Reunion, 30.2 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
In Reunion, there is partial confinement of at least two weeks, and a curfew from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am. In Martinique, a three-week lockdown has been in effect since last Friday.